Chemistry

Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor

WHAT IS CHEMISTRY?

By definition Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties, and how and why substances combine or separate to form other substances. It also involves the study of how these substances interact with energy.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

You will develop your skills in problem solving, analysis and also develop the ability to understand and analyse complex data and abstract concepts. You will develop a vast range of skills that are transferable to further study and employment.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM CHEMISTRY?

Expect a challenging but rewarding course that will build upon the work covered at GCSE to give a wider, more detailed knowledge of Chemistry. Chemistry is a subject with significant practical and experimental content; you will complete regular laboratory work throughout the course.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

You will complete three examinations at the end of the two year course.

WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

If you have an interest in Science and a desire to develop a greater understanding of how physical sciences shape the world around us then Chemistry may be the subject for you!

WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN CHEMISTRY?

Chemistry is either required or strongly recommended for many degree courses, such as Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry and is also required for Veterinary Medicine. Many students wishing to study Law at University or to become accountants choose Chemistry as it shows that you can cope with difficult concepts.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

  • Atomic structure
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

  • Periodicity
  • The alkaline earth metals
  • The halogens
  • Transition metals

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THIS SUBJECT

A range of Enrichment opportunities are available within the Chemistry department. Students have the chance to gain a CREST award as part of the RSFC honours programme, and courses in Forensic Science, Pharmacology and Biochemistry also equip students with additional skills and an insight into the careers which Chemistry can lead to.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE grades at A* - C, or 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.
  • In addition, a grade C or above is required in both Core and Additional Science on the higher tier or a C in Chemistry.